Chris is Chief Executive of Pennon Group Plc, a leading UK environmental infrastructure company covering the water and waste management sectors.
Chris has extensive experience of the regulated business environment and has a comprehensive understanding of the water industry, serving on the Boards of Water UK, British Water and the Institute of Water. Chris was previously a Trustee of the international charity, WaterAid and was also a senior diplomat in Japan.
Kate is Chief Executive of Soha Housing. She has over 15 years’ experience working to address issues of poverty and social justice in the UK. This includes working for Cherwell Housing Trust, Oxfordshire County Council and more recently as Director of the UK Poverty Programme for Oxfam GB. Kate has also spent time consulting on strategy development, service redesign and organisational development.
Aqualine is the Founder and Managing Director of GAP Solutions, a Johannesburg-based pan-African consulting firm.
Aqualine’s background includes being an Associate Consultant for the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa’s (CAHF) Citymark division. Aqualine also works as a Development Consultant to various housing developers operating in South Africa, Rwanda, DRC, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Andrea is the co-founder of Blue Topaz Capital, an advisory service that targets integrated financial, environmental, and social performance markets, including financial markets in Africa and Asia.
She is a Board Member at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Member of the Investment Committee at the Lankelly Chase Foundation.
Paul Hackett CBE
Paul is currently the Chief Executive of Optivo, one of the largest housing associations in the UK. He is also Honorary Professor at UCL, Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management.
A former Board Member of Gallions Housing Association, Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector in the UK, as well as in governance and organisational leadership.
Diana is Professor of Global Urbanism, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, and the Principal Researcher, Human Settlements Group, IIED.
A former Chair of Homeless International, and a current Trustee of the Inqolobane, she has extensive experience academically and strategically, as well as in governance roles, within the urban housing and development sector in the Global South.
Now retired, Steve worked for nearly four decades in international banking across Asia-Pacific, South America, Europe and the Middle East, a career that culminated in his role as Chief Executive Officer of Barwa Bank, an award-winning Islamic financial institution based in Qatar.
Audit Committee Chair
Currently the Chief Financial Officer of Optivo, Sarah started her career as an external auditor with BDO Stoy Hayward, before specialising in social housing.
Sarah is the Vice Chair of the NHF’s SORP Working Party and sits on the ICAEW social housing sub-committee. She retired from the Board of Lewisham Homes in October 2019 having served for 10 years, where she also chaired the Audit & Risk Committee. Sarah now sits on the Board of Dolphin Square Foundation.
Ranil De Silva
Audit Committee Member
Ranil is currently the Global Director of Finance for Save the Children International. He is also a board trustee for South West London Law Centers and Oaktree Australia.
Ranil is a certified practicing accountant and a senior finance executive with over 20 years’ experience in the commercial, chartered accounting and NGO sectors. After moving to an NGO role in Australia in 2014, he spent 3 years in a field-based role as the Regional Finance and Support Services Director for East and Southern Africa.
Ian has been working at the interface between private sector effectiveness and public good for 25 years. Reall’s model has provided an ideal platform for his leadership.
Ian spent 16 years at DFID (now the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), where he progressed to Head of Private Sector Development. Ian was Chief Strategy Officer for Crown Agents before joining Reall as CEO in 2018. Ian was named in a list of ‘Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2020’ by The CEO Publication, and was named Cause4’s Social Entrepreneur of the Month, August 2021.
Ian has lived and worked in numerous countries across Africa and Asia. He now resides in London with his wife and daughters.
Lucy has over 16 years’ experience in international urban development, sustainable cities and affordable housing, and has spent over a decade of her career at Reall.
She played a key role in shaping Reall’s evolution from grant-giving NGO to commercial, market-focused innovator and investor.
As Policy and External Affairs Director, Lucy is responsible for positioning Reall as a global thought-leader, crowding in actors and resources, addressing market barriers and catalysing climate-smart housing markets that work for people on low-incomes. This includes the first publicly-accessible data dashboard sharing market intelligence and data on Reall’s housing investments, pioneering research and innovations in the climate, fintech and proptech space and strategic collaborations with players such as the UN.
Patrick is a CIMA qualified accountant with extensive experience in financial management, investment and international development, with a particular focus on impact investing in emerging markets.
A multi-linguist investment professional, he started his career in finance at British Telecom in 1998. Over the following decade, he worked for a real estate consultancy firm, in investment banking at JPMorgan and RBS. He also helped setup a micro finance bank in DR Congo in 2009.
With over 20 years’ experience in the international development field, Mark originally joined Reall as the Director of Corporate Planning & Strategy from Oxfam, where he held the positions of Head of Programme Portfolio Oversight and Development in their Oxford offices, and Country Director for Oxfam in Ethiopia.
Mark has extensive development and humanitarian experience across Africa and the Pacific, having lived in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Fiji. Mark previously was the Director for Human Rights for the Inter-Governmental Body for the Pacific, SPC and has significant experience in overseeing programmes and complex humanitarian responses in numerous countries across Africa.
Noel is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with over 25 years of extensive leadership experience in financial management, audit, business planning, company secretarial and treasury.
Noel’s most recent position was as Director of Finance at Birmingham’s YMCA, whose mission is to work with the homeless and disadvantaged groups. As part of the leadership team, he implemented the organisation’s transition to becoming a self-sustaining, property-owning social enterprise backed by funders and grant-making bodies.
Emma is a highly experienced senior manager and urban development specialist with over 12 years’ expertise in developing and delivering programmes, with a special focus on affordable housing, financed by the European Commission, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, Sida, and FCDO. Previously, Emma held the position of Head of Business Development for Ansaar Management Company, one of Reall’s in-country build partners, so Emma brings a unique perspective to her role.
Emma’s experience includes positions across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Having lived and worked extensively in South Asia, Emma possesses substantial knowledge and experience of the regional housing landscape.
Louisa joined Reall in 2020 as Head of Operations for Africa. Prior to this Louisa worked for the British Council in Africa for 32 years, progressing to Programme and Country Director positions in multiple contexts. Her international postings include tenures in Botswana, Malawi, Nigeria, Oman, Sierra Leone, Slovakia and Zimbabwe.
Louisa holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management and a Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Donovan heads the Global Policy and Influence team, leveraging key stakeholders to bring about changes which transform global affordable housing markets and create synergies between affordable and climate-smart housing.
Donovan has previously worked as Deputy Director and Urban Lead – Green Cities, at the Global Green Growth Institute, Seoul, and with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok; first as Chief of Social Policy and Population and then as Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section.
Donovan has a PhD in International Development and postgraduate qualifications in Public International Law. He is a member of ISOCARP, The Planning Institute of Australia and the British Institute for Comparative and International Law.
Tom leads Reall’s climate-smart affordable housing portfolio, with a specific interest in low carbon built environment solutions.
Tom is a certified EDGE Expert and qualified Architect, with a passion for driving sustainable social impact through enterprise within the built environment. With over 10 years’ experience in project management, design and construction, he has experience of delivering projects at a range of scales both in the UK and internationally.
Georgie leads on communications and external affairs to position Reall as thought leaders, and the ‘go to’ organisation for climate-smart affordable housing in order to increase income, influence and impact. Georgie works to significantly raise Reall’s profile amongst priority audiences to deliver return on investment by highlighting Reall’s offering to key investors, decision makers and sector thought leaders.
With over 20 years’ experience in managing international media relations, Georgie is an award-winning writer and producer whose work has been featured in over 50 newspapers, magazines and publications.
Eje heads up the Fundraising and Investor Relations unit and is responsible for seeking new funds from governments, foundations, and corporates, as well as managing the relationships with existing investors. Eje works to collaborate with potential investors to catalyse the affordable homes movement whilst delivering a viable return on investment.
With over 20 years’ experience working on global programmes, Eje has worked in other income generation roles at World Vision, Oxford University and Pearson Education.
With over 25 years’ commercial experience, Chris joined Reall as the Head of Investment in 2019, moving from Steria, where he held the positions of Head of Commercial Management for the Commercial Sector.
Chris has extensive commercial experience working as Commercial Director and in senior commercial positions in Unisys, BT, Steria and Ufi. Chris has lead negotiations and managed contract deliveries worth over $1 billion during his time in finance, telecoms and public sectors, working across Europe and the United States, and also extensively in India.
Josh joined Reall in 2015 as a Legal Programme Coordinator and now leads Reall’s Transitions unit. Josh works with partners and stakeholders on a range of projects and relationships, ensuring that projects, investments and relationships are in the best position to deliver impact and value to Reall’s mission.
Previously studying Law, Josh has also worked in fundraising and programme development for a number of other UK and international charities, in international development, health and social care, and youth programmes.
Andrew is a qualified accountant and certified internal auditor with more than 20 years of auditing and risk management experience gained across Europe, Africa and Asia. Andrew has worked in assurance for various leading organisations including Deloitte, Audit Scotland, the NHS, and Sightsavers International.
Andrew’s role is focused on identifying organisational risks, recommending mitigatory controls and assessing if controls are functioning well across Reall. Andrew is also experienced in investment management, especially within the technology-focused SMME sector.
With over 14 years working in HR, Craig is a dynamic and commercially focused senior manager who has delivered cross-sector impact and demonstrated an innate adaptability to meet new business priorities and goals.
Craig is committed to delivering a high quality HR service to meet demand, and has built extensive talent in leadership, change management and employee relations.
Andrew leads Reall’s sector-leading, ambitious programme to drive climate-smart growth in African and Asian affordable housing sectors with a focus on harnessing UK expertise.
Prior to joining Reall, Andrew was an East Africa-focused Programme Director within Lord David Sainsbury’s private foundation for seven years. This followed a 14-year career in PwC primary focused on Private Sector Development.